Minister for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs (jointly with the Department for Children, Schools and Families)
Responsible for further education, apprenticeships, Adult Skills Agenda, engaging employers in skills including Train to Gain, National Skills Academies, Sector Skills Councils, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, LSC sponsorship, Skills Funding Agency set-up, competition policy, consumer affairs
Kevin Brennan was appointed Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on 5 June 2009. Kevin holds this Ministerial role jointly between BIS and the Department for Children Schools and Families.
He was previously Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office and Minister for the Third Sector (October 2008 – June 2009) and Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Children, Schools and Families where his principal policy area included the safeguarding of vulnerable children and the new Vetting and Barring System; children in care, fostering and adoption; pupil behaviour, attendance, and tackling bullying; the Respect agenda; and health issues including school food, Healthy Schools, obesity, drugs and alcohol.
Kevin Brennan was elected to Parliament in June 2001, representing the constituency of Cardiff West. In 2004 Kevin was appointed as PPS to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Alan Milburn. After the 2005 general Election he was appointed a Junior Whip in the Government Whips Office. In 2006 he was appointed Lords Commissioner to the Treasury, a senior Government Whip position.
Previously, Kevin Brennan worked as Rhodri Morgan’s constituency-based researcher from 1995, acting as his agent and Campaign Manager in the 1999 and 2000 Welsh Labour leadership contests. When Rhodi Morgan became First Minister, he acted as his Special Advisor at the Welsh Assembly. Kevin Brennan was born in Cwmbran, South Wales, on 16 October 1959. He was educated at St Alban’s Roman Catholic Comprehensive School in Pontypool, before going up to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he took a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After graduating, Kevin took a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and then a Msc in Education Management at the University of Glamorgan.
Before becoming Mr Morgan’s full-time aide in 1995, he was Head of Economics at Radyr Comprehensive School in Cardiff. Between 1991 and 2001 he was a member of Cardiff City Council, and then Cardiff City and County, Council representing the ward of Canton. During this time he served as Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Economic Scrutiny Committee and Vice-Chair of the Economic Development.
He lives in Cardiff West and is married with a daughter.
- 21 Jan 2010 AoC/ALP Skills Conference: From Strategy to Reality
- 17 Nov 2009 AoC Conference
- 14 Sep 2009 National Consumer Week
- 16 Jul 2009 National Apprenticeship Awards
- 2 Jul 2009 Consumer White Paper – A Better deal for Consumers
- 29 Jun 2009 All Party Parliamentary Building Services Engineering Group
- 26 Jun 2009 Competition policy after the Credit Crunch
- 24 Jun 2009 National Employer Service Future Skills Event
- 17 Jun 2009 FE Leadership Summit
- 9 Jun 2009 Manufacturing and Employment